[ kod-l ]
/ ˈkɒd l /
verb (used with object), cod·dled, cod·dling.
to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper: to coddle children when they're sick.
to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.
Origin of coddle
1590–1600; variant of caudle, v. use of caudle
Related formscod·dler, nounun·cod·dled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for coddler
"It is a holiday, today," said Mr. Coddler; and a holiday it seemed to be.Burlesques|William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for coddler
/ (ˈkɒdəl) /
to treat with indulgence
to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point
Irish dialect stew made from ham and bacon scraps
Derived Formscoddler, noun
Word Origin for coddle
C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to caudle
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